U.S. Sports Academy
Authors: Erin B. Jensen1, Desislava Yordanova, Lauren Denhard, Kira Zazzi, Jose Mejia, Timothy Shar, Julia Iseman, Tucker Hoeniges, and Madison Mitchell
1Department of English, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC, USA
Erin B. Jensen, PhD
100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road
Belmont, NC, 28210
Erin B. Jensen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.
Desislava Yordanova majored in biology and was on the Acro-tumbling team. She is in a Masters in Public Health program.
Lauren Denhard is majoring in criminal justice and minoring in writing. She is a member of the golf team.
Kira Zazzi is a marketing major and was on the cycling team.
Jose Meji is majoring in economics and finance and was on the golf team.
Timothy Shar is majoring in math and was on the soccer team.
Julia Iseman was a psychology major and a member of the triathlon team, cross-country team, and track and field team. She plans to pursue a Masters in Psychology
Tucker Hoeniges is majoring in business and is a member of the cycling team.
Madison Mitchell majored in marketing and was a member of the field hockey team.
Engaging Undergraduate Student-Athletes in Research and Publication Opportunities
Universities and colleges are increasing opportunities for undergraduate research and publication for students; less studied is how to engage and encourage student-athletes to participate in such activities. Student-athletes often do not engage in undergraduate research activities due to time constraints of practicing and competing on their respective athletic teams and their full-time enrollment in college classes. This case study focuses on the experiences of eight undergraduate student-athletes and their faculty mentor who decide to co-author an article (this specific one) about their experiences in pursuing undergraduate research and publication. Through the experience of writing this article, we argue that undergraduate student-athletes can succeed in undergraduate research and publication, but are more successful when working with a mentor. We provide suggestions for what worked best for us to be able to be involved in this project. We also discuss the benefits to our own academic achievements and our increased confidence in our writing and research skills.